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My son Noah, 9, has a bullfrog that he acquired from a catfish pond just outside of Cape Girardeau, MO. He brought it back to SD after a trip to relatives in Oct., 1999. The frog lives in an acquarium in Noah's bedroom. We feed him crickets (dozen at a time) 1 to 2 times per week. We change his water weekly (about 1 inch.) He has a foam pad and a couple smooth big rocks he sits on. We keep the acquarium light on him during the daytime, for warmth. Two days ago, he did not eat his crickets in his usual gobble em up fashion. This evening, we noticed brown spots on his otherwise greenish brown skin. Noah is wondering if he has "frog pox." His father and I are wondering if he is sick. What do you recommend? We can't let him go in the winter. Noah is devoted to keeping him as a pet, so we have a commitment here. Thank you for any help you might give us.



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If you feel that the frog is ill, don't hesitate to take him to a vet. Vets are more versed in medicine that MD's and one reason for that is they are trained in all potential organisms [at most vet schools]. Whatever you do, do not try to place the animal into hybernation at this point.

Steve Sample



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